WARRENTON - The lesson to be learned from this year's Oregon Coast Invitational - maybe it's better to take a year off every now and then.
Two of the Invitational's past champions - both of whom missed the 2001 OCI - returned to the coast and both left with titles.
The final day of golf in the 92nd Invitational was packed with pressure, capped by Cappy Mack Gray's 38th-hole win over Joan Edwards-Powell, and David Jacobsen's come-from-behind victory over Astoria's Gary Angus in the Grand Champions Division. Thirty-six holes of golf just wasn't enough to decide the Women's Division Championship Saturday, and it was barely enough to decide the Grand Champions title match.
Gray - the last woman to defeat Edwards-Powell in the OCI - was the first golfer in five years to stop Edwards-Powell, who had won four straight titles.
Mike Brands won the Junior/Seniors title, defeating four-time champion Jack Cartwright in Saturday's final round.
For Jacobsen, it was his third Grand Champions title in five OCI appearances, as he came from four strokes back on the final five holes to win, 1-up. Angus, a self-taught golfer who was appearing in just his second Invitational and his first in the championship flight, took the loss in stride and looked on the bright side.
"I had some people tell me, 'If they had told me two weeks ago that after 36 holes you'd be even with Mr. Jacobsen on the 18th green, you'd take it.' I probably would have," Angus said.
"I played well early, but (Jacobsen) was relentless, as far as keeping the ball right down the middle," he said. "Then I bogeyed 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 to let it get away. I was there. It was a good experience, and maybe if I'm in that position again, it will come out the other way."
Jacobsen, who won the Invitational in 1999 and 2000, was 4-down after the morning round and 4-down going into the final nine holes in the afternoon session.
He simply chipped away at the lead and caught Angus on the last hole.
"I just kept trying to make pars," Jacobsen said. "I committed to myself to keep hitting the shots that I'd been hitting all day, and try to make par or a birdie when it was available."
Angus, meanwhile, highlighted his day with an eagle on No. 9 in morning round, a 3-wood shot from 265 yards that landed within three feet of the pin.
"I shot a 67 in morning round, and played pretty solid until the last five holes," Angus said.
"He played great," Jacobsen added. "In the morning round, he had at least six birdies and an eagle. He almost made a two on the ninth hole. He had a real hot morning and played very, very well. I was fortunate just to be four down after 18 holes."
Jacobsen made a tough par putt on No. 14 and a good chip shot on 15 to spark the comeback.
"I was trying to keep it close, then I started to gain a little confidence," he said. "I just wish I could have played better and won outright. With Gary not finishing strong ... he was very generous. I fully anticipated going to the 19th hole, but he missed that putt on the last hole."
Astoria's Gary Angus held a four-stroke lead over David Jacobsen through 27 holes Saturday.
There was a similar battle for the women's title.
Gray, who won the championship in 1997 before the run of four straight by Edwards-Powell, was 2-up after Saturday's morning session, and the two exchanged leads a couple times in the afternoon before Mack took a two-stroke lead on the 16th.
"It was a crazy match - very nerve-wracking," said Gray, who was pregnant last year and missed the 2001 OCI. "I haven't been playing that much the last couple years, so I don't do this very often." Edwards-Powell used a nice chip shot on the 36th hole, and Gray missed a putt to send the match to the 37th.
"I played well this morning and hit the ball well in the afternoon, but I didn't putt like I normally do," Gray said. "I gave away a few holes with my putting."
But it was a putt that saved Gray on the first extra hole. With Edwards-Powell just three feet from the pin and Mack 18 feet away, Gray drained the putt to extend the match another hole.
"I had nothing to lose," Gray said. "(Edwards-Powell) was going to make her putt. I just had a good read and felt that I knew where the ball was going to break. I hit it hard and it went in. I figured that made up for all the ones that missed."
On the 38th hole (played on the 18th fairway), the second shot from Edwards-Powell caught a tree limb and ended up nearly 100 yards short of the green, while Gray's second shot landed near the fringe.
"The first and the 18th are pretty difficult holes for me, so I have to give it everything I had," Gray said. "On 18, I hit one of my best drives of the day, finally. It was solid and down the middle."
Edwards-Powell, who owns 12 overall OCI titles, said, "It was a very exciting match. It was close the whole way. I just never got a putt to drop. They would just slide by and rim out. The golf ball was afraid of the dark today."
On the first extra hole, "Ninety-nine times out of 100, if you hit your second shot to within three feet for birdie, you're going to win," she said. "Cappy just rolled in a great putt, and that's the way it goes.
"On the last hole, my ball clipped the tree and dropped straight down. It was just meant to be for her today."
Another four-year dynasty came to an end in the Junior/Seniors Division, as Mike Brands wrested the title away from Jack Cartwright, who had won four straight.
For the third time in four years, David Jacobsen won the men's Grand Champion title, with a match play win over Astoria's Gary Angus Saturday.
Tom Carter won his second straight Seniors Division Championship, defeating Tom Bearman, the medalist in last week's qualifying.
The medalist in the Super Senior division, Allen Edwards, followed up with a title in match play in Saturday's final round, defeating Gerry Knechtel.
Astoria member Mike Graham, who won the Grand Champion medalist award for the second year in a row, finished his week by winning the title in the first flight of the Grand Champion Division.
Graham defeated Sean Patrick, who made the trip from Newton, Conn., to compete. Patrick is the son of Timothy and Sandra Patrick, who were killed in a plane crash Jan. 25.